Archive for September, 2021

Martin Margiela

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Jonathan Franzen And His Evil Twin

Sometimes it seems like there are two people called Jonathan Franzen: the successful, acclaimed novelist, and his evil twin. This can be the only explanation for why he polarises otherwise like-minded people in a way that even Donald Trump or Meghan Markle can’t. – BBC

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Apple TV+’s ‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ Struggles To Find Its Comedic Voice

The show's focus on important subjects makes for compelling viewing. But much from the first two episodes feels like a stitched-together pastiche of items from The Daily Show.

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All-Star Lineup Of Dre, Snoop, Eminem, Blige And Lamar Will Perform At The Super Bowl

The five icons will perform on stage together for the first time at the 2022 Pepsi Super Bowl on Feb. 13 in Inglewood, Calif. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar are natives of Southern California.

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How Our Brains Prioritize Urgency Over Importance

The “mere urgency effect” describes our tendency to prioritize tasks we perceive as time-sensitive over tasks that aren’t time-sensitive, even when the rewards of the non-time-sensitive task are objectively greater. In other words, urgency trumps importance every time. – Fast Company

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America As Internet Meme (What Could Go Wrong?)

The ultimate joke of Americancore might be that sense of disillusionment. – The New Yorker

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Comedian Josh Johnson Dares To Make Us Laugh In A Global Pandemic

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with comedian Josh Johnson about his newfound success and how comedy has served as a processing tool for collective trauma throughout the pandemic.

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Are Theatre Critics Being Too Kind?

Emerging from its forced hibernation for live performance, theater appears to be in trouble, so our compassionate reviewers/publicists/reporters feel duty bound to come to the rescue. The rah-rah is uninhibited: troupes must be supported… – Arts Fuse

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Science Why It’s Difficult To Enjoy Success

We know from research that purchasing an experience leads to more enduring happiness than purchasing a possession. But a study from Cornell found that this bias also applies to the anticipation of the upcoming purchase. – Fast Company

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Studies Say Trigger Warnings May Be Harmful

The results of around a dozen psychological studies, published between 2018 and 2021, are remarkably consistent: trigger warnings do not seem to lessen negative reactions to disturbing material in students. Some studies suggest that the opposite may be true. – The New Yorker

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